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Tag: Judy Lief

Lojong Slogan 48~Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly

This is part 48 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training practice. This slogan asks that we pay particular attention to our post-meditation practice. When we meditate in silence it is formless, it is more conceptual. When we take that which we…

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Lojong Slogan 45 ~ Take on the three principal causes

This is part 45 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind-training technique This is an interesting slogan. It asks that you look at the circumstances that led to your journey into your spiritual practice (specifically into the practice of Lojong, but I think…

Lojong Slogan 43 ~ Observe these two, even at the risk of your life

This is part 43 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique. There are two vows that one takes on the Buddhist path: the refuge vow and the bodhisattva vow. At their root, these vows are to work on oneself and to…

Lojong 40 ~Correct All Wrongs With One Intention

This is part 40 of my series on Lojong– a Buddhist mind-training technique We encounter obstacles in our spiritual path all the time. Sometimes they’re external like being busy with work, family crisis, becoming ill or any number of things life throws our way….

Lojong Slogan 35 ~ Don't try to be the fastest

This is part 35 of my series on Lojong ~ A Buddhist mind training technique This slogan asks that we slow down, take time to experience life instead of rushing for the next goal. Our society here in the west is very focused on…

Lojong Slogan 25~Don't talk about injured limbs

This is part 25 of my series on Lojong; a Buddhist mind training technique. This slogan asks that we do not focus on the faults, weaknesses or defects that we see in others. As mature adults, we don’t typically point fingers and make fun,…

Lojong Slogan 22~If you can practice even when distracted you are well trained

This is part 22 of my series on Lojong– A Buddhist Mindfulness technique Yogis are fond of saying that the pain you feel when coming into a pose was not created by the pose – the pose simply revealed it. The same concept is…

Lojong Slogan 21~ Always maintain only a joyful mind

This is part 21 of my series on Lojong, Buddhist Mind Training. Being joyful sometimes seems boring in our world. We like to feel the excitement of drama; arguing, feeling stress, complaining with others. We see all of the problems in our world from…

Lojong 17: Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions

This is part 17 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique. The five strengths according to this slogan, are determination, familiarization, virtue, reproach and aspiration. It is not enough to understand the slogans, we must also make an effort to incorporate…

Lojong 15: Four Practices are the Best of Methods

This is part of my series on Lojong, Buddhist Mind Training. This slogan is somewhat straightforward and is more action oriented than some. It gives us four practices to incorporate into daily life. 1. The first practice is to accumulate merit. It’s not asking…